The Microsoft-Nokia deal closed, and Microsoft now builds and sells millions of phones each month. But more to the point, Microsoft now builds 94.5 percent of all Windows Phone devices. That’s according to adduplex, an advertising company that services the mobile platform. The company’s July report on the Windows Phone ecosystem indicates that in the month, devices that it marks… Read More
In addition to reporting stronger-than-expected financials, Twitter also showed continued user growth in its most recent quarter.
The company said it saw an average of 271 million monthly active users, compared to 255 million in the first quarter of this year. (Of that total, 211 million active users were mobile, representing 78 percent of all active users.) Read More
Instagram is taking on Snapchat by turning your best friends’ faces into the shutter button with today’s official release of its first standalone app Bolt, but only Singapore, South Africa, and New Zealand will get this initial phase of the iOS and Android rollout. Designed for lightning-fast, ephemeral one-to-one video and photo messaging, Bolt was accidentally outed in promo… Read More
Update: In after-hours trading, Twitter is now up more than 20% following its massive beat. This afternoon Twitter reported its second quarter financial performance, including revenue of $312 million, and earnings per share of $0.02. The street had expected Twitter to lose a penny per share on revenue of $283.07 million. Its revenue in the quarter was up 124% from the year-ago period. In… Read More
There is a pretty wide spectrum between wearables like Google Glass, which you take around with you in your everyday life, and fully immersive virtual reality experiences like the Oculus Rift, which take you out of the real world and are experienced in a stationary environment.
Atheer Labs, a Mountain View-based startup, is building a set of wearable glasses that’s somewhere in between. Read More
The Japanese startup Exchange Corp. has launched a new up-front payment service for online retailers called Paidy as it closes on $3.3 million in new financing. Launched by Russell Cummer, a former trader with Goldman Sachs in Japan, Exchange Corp. began as a peer-to-peer lending service in Tokyo, but is expanding to offer up-front payments as the market for those services begins to blossom… Read More
Rejoice, O lovers of privacy! For Open WhisperSystems has released Signal for iPhone, which gives any and every iPhone wielder the power to fully encrypt their calls against prying ears — and is completely compatible with OWS’s time-tested and well-liked RedPhone for Android. Read More
Microsoft debuted a number of changes to OneNote for Apple products — iPad, iPhone, and Mac — today that broaden the functionality of the note taking tool. Users of OneNote for Mac can now connect to OneDrive for Business accounts. Across all three devices, OneNote users can now add files to their ‘notebooks.’ On iPad and iPhone, users will be able to insert files sent… Read More
Google Brain, an artificial intelligence and machine learning project at Google, has been used to power services like Android’s speech recognition system and photo search on Google+.
Now, two of the most longstanding machine learning engineers, one of whom worked on Google Brain, have left the search giant to start a new company. The idea: to build machine learning, artificial… Read More
As expected, Sen. Patrick Leahy introduced the USA FREEDOM Act to the upper chamber of Congress on Tuesday. The bill comes on the heels of a similar, weaker measure passed in the House that was widely condemned as denatured and passed by brute force. “If enacted, this bill would represent the most significant reform of government surveillance authorities since Congress passed the USA… Read More